Varroc Lighting Systems opened Tuesday a greenfield 17,000-square meter facility in Tangier, Morocco. The facility produces headlamps, rear lamps, and daytime running lamps for current and future customers located in Morocco, Spain, and France.
Speaking on this occasion, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, said the opening of this plant by a world leader in automotive lighting systems is part of the current dynamics of the automotive industry sector, which is making a very good performance thanks to the vision of King Mohammed VI.
“This new manufacturing facility confirms, once again, the attractiveness of Morocco as a global platform for production and export of the automotive industry”, he added.
For his part, Varroc Lighting Systems President and CEO Stephane Vedie, described the plant as “one of the cornerstones of our organic growth strategy.” He said the factory’s location reinforces the company’s global competitive footprint and gives it a strong position to serve customers in Morocco and in Southern Europe.
“The combination of cutting-edge technology and geographical proximity to Europe will result in competitive offerings that will help us strengthen our position with both existing and future customers. We are committed to being where our customers need us to be,” he said.
“We are proud to bring some of the most advanced lighting technologies to Morocco and not only manufacturing jobs but also design and engineering. We are grateful with the support we have received from local authorities during the construction phase and excited with all the talents and motivated workforce we have recruited locally for the first phase of our project,” said Mohamed L’Baouch Varroc Lighting Systems Morocco General Manager.
The state-of-the-art facility includes a 12,000-square meter manufacturing facility, 3,000 square meter administration offices and a 2,000-square meter product development and engineering center featuring optics and electronics laboratories, product validation, and tooling maintenance and support.
This is phase one of the project as phase two with an additional 14,000-square meters has already been kicked off and will be finished this year. This project should lead to the creation of about 650 jobs by 2024 and a €45 Million investment.
The facility is located in “Free zone at Tanger Automotive City,” in the industrial platform of Tanger Med, within an ecosystem of one hundred automotive suppliers. This industrial platform is backed by the port complex of Tanger, Africa’s leading port, with key connections to Europe and America.
Since the beginning of 2018, Varroc Lighting has expanded its manufacturing footprint in Brazil, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Vietnam.